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The happiness advantage : the seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work

Achor, Shawn.

158.7 ACHOR

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we'll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn't only about how to become happier at work. It's about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.

Suggested by Brian

SuperBetter : a revolutionary approach to getting stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient*

McGonigal, Jane, author.


Jane McGonigal writes: “Most people see games as nothing more than a pleasant distraction--or worse, as an addicting waste of time. But I see them differently….” She continues… “Games are not just a source of entertainment. They are a model for how to become the best version of ourselves.” Who doesn’t want to become the best version of ourselves? A happier version of ourselves? This book, "Super Better a revolutionary approach to getting stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient", promises to do just that. The author’s main goal is to help you be gameful in your everyday life and bring out a super better you through playing games . Intrigued? I was.

Suggested by Brian

A full life : reflections at ninety

Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.


In "A Full Life," Carter puts the long arc of his story together the way he sees it. The book includes his accomplishments as a negotiator and peacemaker in the humblest way — as a man who was at work on a larger project, something he continues to be. A primer for the generations who don't know his work and a personal retelling for those who do, "A Full Life" may herald the reappraisal he deserves. Carolyn Kellogg LA Times

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The silver swan

Delbanco, Elena, author.


A novel about a daughter grappling with the legacy of her famous and imposing cellist father, the secrets he has hidden from her, and the fate of his great Stradivarius cello. This story was written by the daughter of the cellist from the Beaux Art Trio, the renowned Bernard Greenhouse owned the Countess of Stainlein ex-Paganini Stradivarius violoncello of 1707. The imagined fate of that instrument, upon her father’s death, inspired The Silver Swan, Delbanco's first novel.

Suggested by Brian

Motorcycles I've loved

Brooks-Dalton, Lily.

796.7509 BROOKS

At twenty-one-years-old, Lily Brooks-Dalton is feeling lost; returning to New England after three and a half years traveling overseas, she finds herself unsettled, unattached, and without the drive to move forward. When a friend mentions buying a motorcycle, Brooks-Dalton is intrigued and inspired. Before long she is diving headlong into the world of gearheads, reconsidering her surroundings through the visor of a motorcycle helmet, and beginning a study of motion that will help her understand her own trajectory. Her love for these powerful machines starts as a diversion, but as she continues riding and maintaining her own motorcycles, she rediscovers herself, her history, and her momentum.

Suggested by Brian

Knitless : 50 no-knit, stash-busting yarn projects

McFadden, Laura, author.


Are you a knitter, crocheter, crafter, or none of the above? This clever book gives yarn lovers--both knitters and non-knitters alike--50 fun ways to use their stashes without taking out their knitting needles.

Suggested by Marina

The one thing

Curtis, Marci Lyn.


After losing her sight--and the future she dreamed of--seventeen-year-old Maggie meets the one person with the ability to help her see all the possibilities life still holds.

Suggested by Marina

Frozen in time [an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II]

Zuckoff, Mitchell.

CD 998.2 ZUC6017

On November 5, 1942 a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the plane sent to find the men flew into a severe storm and vanished. This account details the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors.

This title is also available in print, OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

iZombie. [1], Dead to the world

Roberson, Chris.


Every time Gwen, a zombie, eats someone's brains she also inherits some of their memories and the latest morsel she devoured gives her memories of a murder she and her friends need to solve.

I picked this up because I'm a fan of the television show that is based on it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, considering how much different it is from the show. If only the were-terrier had also been written into an episode or two.

Suggested by Marina

The sleeper and the spindle

Gaiman, Neil, author.


On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

Food : a love story

Gaffigan, Jim.

818.602 GAFFIGA

Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Insights include why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?

I guarantee that once you read his insight into how oysters came to be eaten you will either not stop laughing or never eat oysters again. Or both.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

The wrath & the dawn

Ahdieh, Renée, author.


In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

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Scarlet women : the scandalous lives of courtesans, concubines, and royal mistresses

Graham, Ian, 1953-

305.409 GRAHAM

In 1965, an impoverished elderly woman was found dead in Nice, France. Her death marked the end of an era; she was the last of the great courtesans. Known as La Belle Otero, she was a volcanic Spanish beauty whose patrons included Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. She accumulated an enormous fortune, but gambled it all away. Scarlet Women tells her story and many more, including: Marie Duplessis, who inspired characters by both Dumas and Verdi; Clara Ward, a rare American courtesan who hunted for a European aristocrat, but having married a Belgian prince, ran away with a gypsy violinist; Ninon de L'Enclos, who was offered 50,000 crowns by Cardinal Richelieu for one night. Money left in her will paid for Voltaire's education.Courtesans were an elite group of talented, professional mistresses. The most successful became wealthy and famous in their own right. While they led charmed lives, they occupied a curious position: they enjoyed freedom and political power unknown to most women, but they were ostracized by polite society. From the hetaerae of ancient Greece to the cortigiani onesti of 16th century Venice, the oiran of Edo-period Japan to the demimondaines of 19th century France, this captivating book -- perfect for readers of A Treasury of Royal Scandals -- uncovers the rich, colorful lives of these women who dared to pursue fortunes outside their societies' norms.

Suggested by Lindsey

Little felted dogs : easy projects for making adorable pups

Yamazaki, Saori.

745.5924 YAMAZAK

Create the cutest versions of your favorite dogs in just a few simple steps. Whether you adore dachshunds or dalmatians, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to make charming miniatures of them with a felting needle and some raw wool. Great for beginners, the two dozen projects in Little Felted Dogs provide surprisingly life-like results--choose from a litter of golden retriever puppies, a pug ready to fetch, a begging bulldog, a protective chihuahua, and more. Even better, you'll go from ball of fluff to perfect pooch in no time at all!

Suggested by Lindsey

Old faithful : dogs of a certain age

Thorne, Pete, photographer, author.

636.7 THORNE

A stunning and indelible collection of portraits and stories that capture dogs of a certain age in all their patchy, scruffy, jowly, and devoted glory -- a homage to man's best friend, based on the popular international photography project. The dogs in Old Faithful are well worn, well loved, and well on in years. After his grandmother's 100th birthday party, photographer and dog lover Pete Thorne found himself taking photos of elderly dogs. In their aged, imperfect faces, he saw a depth of life, joy, and wisdom missing from more youthful subjects. He gathered these rich and powerful portraits into a web series he called "Old Faithful." The reaction was instant -- and astounding -- from media outlets as diverse as Huffington Post and BuzzFeed to Esquire and ABC, to thousands of people around the globe who reached out to Thorne with their heartwarming stories of their own faithful companions. The photos triggered a wide variety of emotions, eliciting smiles and tears, and unleashing a flood of anecdotes and memories. "Old Faithful" became a shared platform for dog lovers all over the world.

Suggested by Lindsey

Cleopatra's shadows : a novel

Holleman, Emily, author.


Abandoned by her beloved sister Cleopatra and an indifferent father, young Arsinoe must fight for her survival in the bloodthirsty royal court when her half-sister Berenice seizes Egypt's throne. To survive, she escapes the palace for the war-torn streets of Alexandria. When their deposed father Ptolemy marches on the city with a Roman army, both daughters must decide where their allegiances truly lie, and Arsinoe grapples with the truth: that the only way to survive her dynasty is to rule it.

Suggested by Lindsey

A guinea pig Pride & prejudice : a novel in three volumes

Goodwin, Alex, 1985- author.


This delightful retelling of Pride and Prejudice is illustrated throughout with full color photos of guinea pigs. Costumers familiar with the elegant curves of the guinea pig form have tailored lush period looks. And of course, it is the love between guinea pigs that can best illustrate the depth of feeling between Jane Austen's Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

Suggested by Lindsey

Only the animals

Dovey, Ceridwen.


The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century, and connected to both famous and little-known writers in surprising ways, tell their astonishing stories of life and death.

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Lindsey

Assassin's apprentice

Hobb, Robin.


Fitz, Prince Chivalry's illegitimate son raised by Burrich the stableman, is ignored by all the royalty except for King Shrewd, who has him tutored as an assassin because he has the magic Skill.

This title is also available as an audiobook, OverDrive eBook, and OverDrive eAudio.

Suggested by Lindsey

The Grownup

Flynn, Gillian, 1971-


A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

Suggested by Danielle

I like you just the way I am : stories about me and some other people

Mollen, Jenny, 1979-

792.028 MOLLEN

Jenny Mollen is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is also a wife, married to a famous guy (which is annoying only because he gets free [stuff] and she doesn't). She doesn't want much from life. Just to be loved by everybody: her parents, her dogs, her ex-boyfriends, her ex-boyfriends, dogs, her husband, her husband's ex-girlfriends, her husband's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriends, etc. Some people might call that impulse crazy, but isn't 'crazy' really just a word boring people use to describe fun people? (And Jenny is really, really fun).

Suggested by Danielle

The night Gwen Stacy died

Bruni, Sarah.


Dreaming of a life in Paris while working at a small-town Iowa gas station, Sheila stages her own kidnapping to run away with an oddball who shares a superhero's name and who begins to regard her as the character's girlfriend.

suggested by Danielle

The residence : inside the private world of the White House

Brower, Kate Andersen.

975.3 BROWER

"America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, [this book] reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and first family"--Amazon.com.

Suggested by Danielle

Modern romance

Ansari, Aziz, 1983- author.

646.7702 ANSARI

The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.

Suggested by Danielle

The next best thing

Higgins, Kristan.


"Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks .... She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart ... or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate 'friend with privileges,' and hello to a man she can marry. Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?"--from cover, p. [4].

Suggested by Danielle

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